asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what special provision she is planning to make for the 200,000 gifted children in England and Wales.
Assessments of the number of gifted children in this country vary according to the definition of the term which is used. My right hon. Friend is considering how the special needs of these children may best be met. Her Majesty's Inspectorate is at present studying the problem, and it is hoped that a report will be available later this year. They will be inviting local education authorities to send representatives to a conference on this subject to be held in November. education are distributed and by whom; how many representatives of the local education authority, teachers, parents and others interested in education have been present; and how many spoke at the meetings so far held.
Invitations to the regional conferences on education are distributed by my Department in accordance with the wishes of the conference chairman. At the three conferences so far held it is estimated that the numbers of those present and those who spoke in the four groups specified were: